Utah Participation & Accomodation Policy

Introduction
The purpose of this document is to establish statewide policy for the participation of students with special needs
in the Utah Comprehensive Accountability System (UCAS) and to provide guidance on the use of
accommodations and resources for use on UCAS assessments. The purposes of the Utah Participation and
Accommodations Policy are to:

  • Identify avenues for all students to participate in the statewide assessment program.
  • Describe procedures that must be used when, in extremely unusual circumstances, a student must be
    exempted or excused from participation in the statewide assessment program.
  • Provide detailed information regarding the valid and appropriate use of accommodations and resources
    for students participating in the statewide assessment program.

AccommodationPolicy

How & Why

How I would use this in my classroom is to be aware of Utah’s policies on accommodation for English language learners. The policy is reviewed annually and revised as needed therefore it is important for a teacher to stay up to date with the current policies.

I chose this artifact because it retains valuable information regarding Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State‐to‐State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs), WIDA‐ACCESS Placement Test (W‐APT), accommodation and Resources Criteria for ELs With Disabilities and ELs on Section 504 Plans, and Guidelines for Assessment of English Learners. It also has information on Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, accommodations vs modifications, extended time, and more. It really has a lot of useful information that would benefit any teacher or parent.

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